October 13, 2019 / 10:23 AM / a month ago

Putin says a new Syrian constitution should guarantee all groups' rights: Arabiya

FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting of heads of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan October 11, 2019. Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin via REUTERS

DUBAI (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said any new constitution that is drawn up for Syria should guarantee the rights of all ethnic and religions groups. Putin was speaking in an interview with Arab broadcasters, including Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV, on his first visit to Saudi Arabia in over a decade.

He said that Syrians “interact positively” with Russian military police and military stationed in the country and that most military police in Syria are Muslims drawn from Russia’s north Caucasus region. Russia is a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the country’s war.

Reporting by Maher Chmaytelli and Aziz El Yaakoubi; Writing by Lisa Barrington; Editing

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